WALTHAM, Mass. — James Young was recently spotted at Fenway Park and acknowledged it was his first time attending a baseball game.
And his next practice with the Boston Celtics who selected him in the first round of last month's NBA draft?
Yeah, that'll be a first too.
The 6-foot-6 guard/forward has been sidelined with a sore neck injury that stemmed from a car accident shortly before last month's NBA draft.
Despite the injury, he is expected to travel with the team for summer league which kicks off in Orlando, Fla. on Saturday against the Miami Heat.
While the 18-year-old's status is indeed up in the air, the same can not be said for the Celtics' outlook on Young who was selected with the No. 17 overall pick.
"As you move up a level, there's a lot of unknowns for each player," said assistant coach Jay Larranaga who will be the Celtics' summer league team's head coach. "So James like any other rookie, he's gonna have a learning process. But we're really excited about his potential to be a very good NBA player."
While both the Celtics and Young are eager to get him on the floor, Boston will be overly cautious in not rushing him to action too soon.
So far, Young has been limited to some non-contact drills that includes among other things, riding a stationary bike.
"You want to be very, very smart about this with him," said Celtics head coach Brad Stevens. "He's anxious to play, he's antsy; he wants to. But at the same time, I want to be cognizant of the big picture here."